March 3, 2012 Subject:
Cavalcade of Stars
Season 1, episode 51.
Original air date: 20 May 1950.
Cast: Jerry Lester (Himself- Host), Mindy Carson (Herself- Guest Vocalist), Jackie Robinson (Himself- Introduces Film Clip), Lucienne Boyer (Herself- Guest Dancer), Rex Ramer (Himself- Guest English Comedian) and Asher Roth (Himself- Guest Dancer).
Very entertaining. If Dumont only have more quality shows like that; perhaps they have not to shut down.
July 30, 2010 Subject:
Not the guest list mentioned below
August 30, 2008 Subject:
Jerry Lester warming up
It's cool comparing host Jerry Lester on Cavalcade of Stars with his later work on Broadway Open House, also available on the Internet Archive. In this program, he clearly shows he's a multi-talented guy but it looks like he didn't truly find his TV legs till the later show. Bigger production budgets than what Dumont offered might have been the issue. Lester is as talented as another host of Cavalcade, Jackie Gleason. But Gleason rose above the other Cavalcade hosts with his character skits (like one called "The Honeymooners"), and hiring a talented guy named Art Carney from another program. Since so little of the Dumont kinescopes survive (are their other Jerry Lester episodes available?), I can't tell if this was an off-night or if the show was usually this loose and aimless. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it and agree with another reviewer on this page -- it was fun to watch.
August 20, 2008 Subject:
More Historical Value than Entertainment Value
This show lasted from 1949 to 1952, airing on the now defunct DuMont Television Network. A very minor hit, it did help start the careers of many big names. However, this is hardly "Great" TV even for it's time. Indeed, it recieved lastluster reviews back then, with most reviewers considering it to be inferior to Milton Berle's TV series. Still, it's not "bad" in any way, and is rather charming, hence why I uploaded it.
August 20, 2008 Subject:
Jerry Lester - A Television Pioneer
Jerry Lester, who later hosted "Broadway Open House", the first of the late night talk shows (a predecessor to the Tonight Show and it's counterpart), preceded Steve Allen, Ernie Kovacs, and others. This show, a variety show, is Milton Berle/Ed Sullivan-lite; Lester isn't as zany as Berle, as the this episode demonstrates, and the variety (including the trampoline artists) is a forerunner of what much of televison would become in a few short years. Is it good television? Of course. Is it great television? No; not even for it's day. But, many of the classics of 1950 and the years to follow wouldn't stand up to today's standards for writing or performance. Bus so what; isn't it nice to simply watch something for the fun of it?